Waste Disposal

One byproduct of planetary or interplanetary engineering would be the creation of waste material. It's conceivable that a civilization which generates enough industrial waste, particularly toxic waste such as spent nuclear fuel, might be wary of leaving this material floating around in the solar system where it represents a navigational hazard or a risk of toxic planetfall. A solution to this problem would be to dispose of waste material in the sun.

Detectability

  • An unusual light curve could be a potential indicator of a star "doped" with waste material.

Research

4-Mar-2021
26-Aug-2011
Acta Astronautica
29-Jan-2010
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Amedeo Balbi and Milan M. Cirkovic (4-Mar-2021)
P.C.W. Davies (26-Aug-2011)
Acta Astronautica
Richard A. Carrigan Jr. (29-Jan-2010)
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society